[Bf-committers] CUDA backend implementation for GSoC?

Xavier Thomas xavier.thomas.1980 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 11 16:06:54 CET 2008


I thing such a dev can be cool but only if not limited to windows+nvidia, so
OpenCL may be a better way to go than CUDA.


2008/12/11 Miguel A. Figueroa-Villanueva <miguelf at ieee.org>

> Hello Devs,
> First of all let me thank you for a great product!
> Second, I would like to make the disclaimer that I'm less than a
> newbie regarding the blender code, since I plan to build it soon but I
> still haven't even tried it.
> Now, I have been thinking about a nice Google Summer of Code project
> that one of my students could get involved in. I immediately thought
> that it would be a good contribution to the Blender community if
> someone took advantage of the GPU on modern cards as well as a great
> learning experience for the students. In particular, I have access to
> a few NVidia cards, which support CUDA.
> My thoughts were to create a layer above the rendering backend, which
> can dynamically select whether to use the CPU-based backend (current
> stuff) or a different GPU-based backend (to be developed) depending on
> whether or not there is a CUDA supported card. This would be done so
> that in the future other backends could be implemented to support the
> ATI stuff or the OpenCL, etc...
> However, when I started looking at the Blender Architecture docs, it
> seems this wouldn't be as easy given the many inter dependencies... My
> question are:
> 1. Does any of this make sense?
> 2. Would there be interest from the community to see something like
> this implemented? Or is anyone working on something like this?
> 3. Which modules would be the most to benefit from CUDA support?
> Any other thoughts?
> Thanks again for a solid Open Source piece!
> --Miguel
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